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yuanzhoulv Sep 28, 2009 10:58 AM

Does anyone know where I can get a set of Chinese-style collapsible travel chopsticks in the USA, or through which website?

I'm looking for something specifically not Japanese, as those are usually too thin, often made of glossy, slippery metal, designed for sushi and soba and inconvenient to use for Chinese food. I really like the ones made in Taiwan (that will actually grip food easily like wooden chopsticks) but I cannot find them around here anywhere or on any website that would deliver to USA ...

Any tips appreciated. Thanks!

  1. flylice2x Sep 28, 2009 12:56 PM

    Don't know where you live, but here in southern Ca we have 99 Ranch Market and other chinese stores..
    Here's a couple of websites

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      HLing Sep 28, 2009 01:03 PM

      here's some info when i was looking for the same.

      Tzu-Chi's was the best ones so far. They have the switch-blade type, the screw on type, and the fit with click type. Materials range from good sturdy plastic (recycled) to stainless steel. $5 to $8, to $28 for a set of fork, spoon, chopsticks neatly packed in a cloth case or a plastic case.

      Have fun!

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      1. re: HLing
        HLing Sep 29, 2009 06:25 PM

        I went to the Flushing location to pick up another pair since I gave mine away. I was told they don't sell these online, but that there are over 60 Tzu-Chi offices all over the US. It appears that you are in MA. The Boston number is 617 762 0569. You can call and find out where they are if you're interested in checking out the different ones that offer.

        For the poster Soop, some of these chopsticks actually have the lower section non-slippery. So, look for those special designs. They've thought of your "problem", which is quite common amongst all chopstick users, I assure you.

      2. hannaone Sep 28, 2009 01:05 PM

        On Amazon:


        While these are not collapsible, I much prefer this style of chopstick. They are larger around, lightweight, and have ridged ends.

        1. Silverjay Sep 29, 2009 07:19 AM

          Japanese do not use metal chopsticks. Koreans do, but not Japanese. Japanese chopsticks are plain or laquered wood. Usually plain wood for sushi and soba.

          1. Paulustrious Sep 29, 2009 08:33 AM

            Does USsecurity at airports have any problems with chop sticks? It had never occurred to me to take a set on the plane.

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            1. re: Paulustrious
              Cathy Sep 29, 2009 08:58 AM

              I have had them in the side pocket of my carry on lunch thermal lunch bag before and after 9-11. Unsure if they even show up on the x-ray...

            2. monku Sep 29, 2009 08:42 AM

              Seen them at REI, but they weren't cheap, like $29 for the kind your looking for. You might check their on-liine catalog.
              REI is a outdoor sporting store.

              1. Soop Sep 29, 2009 08:52 AM

                I don't really like the re-useable ones. They tend to be laquered, and I need more force to pick the food up, as it slips.

                Just a minor point, but my firend owns a chinese restaurant, and it was a little embarassing. I think he thought I couldn't use them.

                1. BiscuitBoy Sep 29, 2009 02:12 PM

                  Wait, are you not supposed to reuse the wooden ones? I seem to be able to operate wood chopsticks much better than my fancy, smoother models...and $29? Crazy talk!

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                    hsk Sep 29, 2009 07:36 PM

                    I always reuse the bamboo ones that are supposed to be disposable (pointy ends just joined at the square tops not all the way along). They're about 5 cents, can't imagine why anyone would want to spend more than that on wooden chopsticks. Silver chopsticks, maybe but they're REALLY hard to use.

                    1. monku Sep 29, 2009 08:56 PM

                      How about these?

                      or these for $30

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